Education in Emergencies

Millions of children around the world are caught in the wars of adults. Trapped in cycles of poverty and conflict, children usually suffer the most.

In the upheaval of fleeing the conflict, children can become separated from their families or orphaned from the violence. And as schools close, children may be recruited and forced to fight as child soldiers and are more vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation.

Providing education in emergencies not only ensures that children realize their right to education, it provides them with a sense of hope and normalcy when their lives have been disrupted. Ensuring education in emergencies also promotes children’s psychological and social well-being and cognitive development, and lessens the risk that they will be recruited into dangerous activities.

Providing quality education in emergencies is among the best ways to mitigate the impact of conflict on children, while building hope for the future.

The Inter-Agency Network on Education in Emergencies (INEE) has issued important recommendations on ensuring that children living in dangerous, difficult or extreme circumstances have access to good quality education.

Key Facts

  1. Nearly half – 28 million – of the world’s out-of-school children live in conflict-affected states.
  2. Within conflict-affected or fragile states, one out of every three children is not in school.
  3. By the end of 2011, an estimated 19.5 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 had been forcibly displaced from their homes, either within their own countries or across national borders.
  4. The average length of displacement for refugees is 17 years and 20 years for the internally displaced.

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